New student information

Economics Handbooks for New Graduate Students

You will find a lot of useful information in the ECON new student graduate handbooks that will help answer many of your questions. If you have further questions after reading the handbooks, please feel free to contact the Economics Coordinator/Advisor of Graduate Studies, Amanda Campbell or the Economics Associate Chair of Graduate Studies, Dr. Phil Curry.

MA Handbook

PhD Handbook

Economics 600 - Mathematics for Economics

Course Outline for Econ 600 Mathematics for Economists

Dates Times Location
August 21 - September 1, 2023


Online in Learn

Short-term accommodation options for the beginning of the math course - UW conference centre or St. Paul’s Conference Services.

Academic Integrity

  • The Academic Integrity Module (AIM) is an online course that all new graduate students are required to take through Waterloo LEARN. Students must read the information about academic integrity and then receive a mark of at least 75% on an online quiz. The quiz must be successfully completed within the first 8 weeks of the term



You must satisfy all of your admission requirements before you can register. One of the common requirements will be:

  • Arrange for an official transcript, in a sealed (closed) envelope, to be sent directly from your institution to the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Office, Needles Hall. The official transcript must show all courses and marks, and the awarding of your Bachelor's degree (or Master’s degree for PhD students).

Becoming Fees Arranged (paying your tuition)

You must pay your fees in full or use a Promissory Note to pay your fees from the funding you will be receiving by the Fees Arranged deadline.

You will not be able to become Fees Arranged until you have been charged tuition. Tuition will be showing on Quest in late July.

All of your funding (TA and scholarship) will appear in Quest as Anticipated Aid.

  • Your scholarship will be automatically applied to the tuition you owe.
  • Only amounts exceeding fees will be refunded. See Finance's web site for information on Refunds for Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards.
  • If you are using part of your TA to pay your tuition, you will have to complete a Promissory note to let Finance know to do that.
  • If you are not using the whole, or any part of your TA to pay tuition, then your TA payment will be directly deposited into your bank account in four equal payments on the last Friday of each month.

To view your tuition account balance, complete the following steps:

  • login to Quest 
  • select Finances
  • select Account inquiry
  • select the term (i.e. winter, spring, fall)

Upcoming courses

  • After you have become ‘Fees Arranged’ you will be able to register for your courses starting the first week of August.
  • There will be space in all classes for everyone. If you are not able to register until September that is okay.
  • How to register for courses

FALL 2023

MA Students

PhD Students

Required courses

Required courses

Course title

ECON 600  

            ECON 600

Mathematics for Economists

ECON 601  

            ECON 601

Micro theory 1

ECON 607

            ECON 607

Data Science for Economists

ECON 621 

            ECON 621

Econometrics 1


MA Students

PhD Students

Required courses

Required courses

Course title

ECON 602

ECON 602

Macro theory 1

ECON 701

Micro theory 2


ECON 721

Econometrics 2

Electives (choose 2)


Additional resources and supports


Brief description of services offered

AccessAbility Services

  • Provides services, support, and academic accommodations for UWaterloo students who have a permanent disability as well as those with a temporary disability.

Athletics and Recreation

  • Varsity sports, intramural and sports clubs, aquatics, first aid, conditioning, fitness and wellness, equipment loans, facility hours.

Campus Map 

Campus Wellness
  • Counselling Services offers several resources to support students, including coping skills seminars, workshops. therapy groups, etc.
  • Health Services provides primary medical care for all registered UWaterloo students.

Centre for Career Action

  • Two full time graduate career advisors are dedicated to serve you.
  • There are workshops, appointments and resources to help guide your post-academic career development.

Cooperative Education

  • The University of Waterloo operates the largest post secondary co-op program of its kind in the world.
E-mail Account
  • An email address and account are provided to all students for the receipt of official communications and your participation in an academic program at UWaterloo. You may set-up your email address once you have become matriculated. 

    If you were previously a UWaterloo undergraduate, you will need to activate your Connect account and forward emails from Office 365. For more information, visit Information Systems & Technology’s website.

Food Services

  • Find out what and where to eat on campus.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

  • A graduate student run not-for-profit organization. 
  • The GSA provides a number of services for graduate students, such as legal aid, income tax aid, supplementary health and dental plans, GRT bus pass, and student advocacy.
  • a program to help graduate students become better prepared for their professional life after graduate school.

GSA Health and Dental Plan

  • The GSA Health and Dental Plans cover: prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams and eyeglasses, out of country travel coverage, alternative medical services, such as massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, counselling, and much more.
  • Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs - forms, awards and funding information, news stories, events, international student information, academic information, registration and course enrolment information - anything grad related


  • Immigration documents, health coverage, accommodation, working in Canada and other matters - contact an Immigration Consultant in the Student Success Office.
Orientation (Grad Ready)
Social Insurance Number
  • Issue and renew your social insurance number (SIN) with Service Canada at The Centre in Needles Hall (NH).
Tuition Fees
  • a schedule listing how much your tuition fees will be.
  • University Health Insurance Plan for international students (mandatory)
  • WatCard is your one card to access many facilities and services both on and off campus, including computer labs, libraries, food, photocopying, Physical Activities Complex access.

  • Visit the WatCard Office (Student Life Centre, Lower Level) at the beginning of your academic term to pick up your student identification card.
  • You will need to show a valid piece of photo ID (i.e: Driver’s License, Passport, Canadian Citizenship Card, or another government issued document with your picture and name).

Writing and Communication Centre

  • Develop your scholarly voice, build strategies for tackling your research paper, article, presentation, thesis or dissertation.
  • Writing appointments, Tutorials, Write-ins, Dissertation Boot Camp

If you have any other questions, please contact Maureen Stafford - Graduate Program Coordinator.